Freedom to Marry protestors will not be arrested

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  1. Mark Cabian Member

    Freedom to Marry protestors will not be arrested
    From a News Release, posted Jan. 28, 2011

    CHICAGO, IL — In an important victory for LGBT rights activists and for civil liberties in general, on Tuesday the top legal official for the City of Chicago sent the American Civil Liberties Union a letter saying they would not arrest protesters at a forthcoming February 13th Gay Liberation Network ( GLN ) protest for violation of an ordinance which bans most picketing of religious institutions immediately before, during or after religious services are being conducted.

    After a similar protest last year in front of Holy Name Cathedral, the right wing blogisphere lit up with complaints that the GLN protest violated 8-4-010 ( j ) of the Chicago Municipal Code, demanding criminal prosecution of the protesters by the City of Chicago.

    Knowing that rightwing activists might try to make good on last year's threats at this year's Freedom to Marry Protest, and that the City had threatened arrests of anti-Church of Scientology activists a few months ago, earlier this month GLN organizers contacted the Illinois Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union for legal advice.

    The ACLU last Friday wrote a letter to Police Superintendent Jody Weis, CPD General Counsel Debra Kirby, Corporation Counsel Mara Georges and18th District Commander Kenneth Angarone, informing the City of the forthcoming protest and directly asking if they intended to enforce the controversial ordinance. The City's response from Corporation Counsel Georges was unusual in its rapidity and in diametric contrast to its usual hard-line stance against protesters.

    The Gay Liberation Network is glad that cooler heads have prevailed at the City and that the February 13th protest will go forward without unnecessary threats of arrest to the participants. We especially want to thank Harvey Grossman and Adam Schwartz of the American Civil Liberties Union for their intercession on our behalf.

    The significance of this development can be boiled down to three main points:
    1 ) For the City of Chicago to decide not to enforce this ordinance is a tacit admission that the law is an unconstitutional infringement on the free speech of those who oppose religious leaderships;

    2 ) This is a victory for all who value free speech and are opposed to the rapid erosion of civil liberties that we have seen under the Obama and Bush administrations, and the attacks on such rights carried out locally by Patrick Fitzgerald and outgoing Mayor Daley.

    3 ) This is a victory for LGBT rights advocates and secularists opposed to the privileged position that religious speech is often given over LGBT rights advocacy and other valuable speech.
    Our 10:30 AM, Sunday, February 13th protest in front of Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State Street, is a direct response to Chicago Cardinal George's recent high-profile lobbying against the soon to be implemented Illinois Civil Unions law.

    The leadership of the Catholic Church has opposed every LGBT rights measure ever proposed in this state — whether for equal employment, housing, access to public accommodations or marriage. We find it galling that heretofore they, as a non-tax paying entity receiving millions of tax dollars for its social service agencies, received special rights against those attempting to exercise our 1st Amendment right to protest. The City's refusal to enforce this unconstitutional ordinance against most picketing of religious institutions is a welcome victory for LGBT rights and civil liberties in general.

    The February 13th protest will focus on three demands:
    *** Oppose the anti-LGBT bigotry of the Catholic hierarchy; support the many pro-equal rights Catholics organizing for change within the denomination

    *** Demand full equal marriage rights in Illinois

    *** Demand that tax dollars no longer go to tax-exempt religious groups that refuse to commit to equal rights for LGBT people.

    PDF copies of the letter from the ACLU to the City of Chicago and the City's response can be found at:

    For more information about the February 13th protest, email the Gay Liberation Network at or call 773.209.1187
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  2. Anonymous Member

    Anonymous does not support LGBT
  3. Anonymous Member

    Actually, we often flier at GLBT rallies. Where have you been?
  4. the anti Member

    you are a supermassive faggot

  5. Anonymous Member

  6. COREarg Member

    We actually support everything, included Wikileaks,Egypt, Chanology,Rickrollin' Funerals and Your Mom.

    You didn't get the memo,don't you?
  7. Anonymous Member

    Here... we'll make sure you get another copy of that memo....

    (office Space ftw!)
  8. xenubarb Member

  9. Anonymous Member

    What's the point of wearing the mask? I understand a lot of gay guys in these parades will wear flamboyant mask, but the GF mask just looks out of place. Plus, the pink bandanna underneath makes you look like a fabulous terrorist. Besides, I'm sure no one's going to fair game you for being/supporting teh gay.

    I recall when certain anons did another certain gay parade, so many people were confused as to why we would wear masks if we were so proud and openly supportive. It may be an inside joke for us to enjoy, but it confuses the hell out of joe public.
  10. Anonymous Member

    Marrying gays is retarded in my opinion, think about it.
    They marry through the state instead of the church, so they belive their equal. What's next, they will force religion to accept homosexuality as something normal?
  11. Anonymous Member

    You are incorrect. The story you just made up will not be admired. Also, dox or stfu.
  12. Anonymous Member

    You are incorrect. My gay friends have been married in Church. Their church accepts them as God does. You are welcome to be compassionate when you're ready.
  13. none given Member

    I've been married 20 years. Marriage is already gay enough.

    One liners aside:
    The real mistake was for governments to ever acknowledge a religious ceremony. The US founders really should have known better:
    “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s” (“Ἀπόδοτε οὖν τὰ Καίσαρος Καίσαρι καὶ τὰ τοῦ Θεοῦ τῷ Θεῷ”) (Matthew 22:21).
    (The basis of the seperation of church and Ssate)

    Since it is to late to correct that mistake any economic advantages conveyed on one group have to be available to the other group(s)

    You go boy/girl/whatever.
  14. Anonymous Member

  15. Anonymous Member

    ITT: faggot trapped in the closet with Tom Cruise

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